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Open your hearts Texas league asks
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (9/15/08)—The Texas Credit Union League asked credit unions in the state Friday to “show what it means to be part of a cooperative movement that looks out for one another” and help out the displaced victims of Hurricane Ike. “Thousands of our credit union family members have fled their homes to get out of harm’s way. They have scattered in shelters across the state,” said Texas league President/CEO Dick Ensweiler on Friday, just before aid efforts were announced (see related story, “NCUF, “Texas foundation activate CUAid.coop”). “The last thing we want for the victims of Hurricane Ike, many of whom are our fellow servants of the credit union movement, is to worry about how they’ll access their funds,” said Ensweiler. “I implore upon you to open your hearts to these displaced individuals. If one of them enters your branch, I ask that you do all that you can to aid them. This could be as simple as cashing a personal check at no charge or as selfless as waiving an ATM fee.” In addition to aid efforts by the Texas Credit Union Foundation and the National Credit Union Foundation, the league said it would match credit unions with needs from the storm with credit unions in the state who offered help. Credit unions affected by the hurricanes can list the items they need through filling out a form at http://www.tcul.coop/Resource_Needed.html on the league’s website. The items will appear on a chart at https://www.tcul.coop/Recovery_Resources.html. Credit unions offering resources can go to another page: http://www.tcul.coop/Resource_Available.html on the league’s website and submit the items they’re offering.
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